A Worcester ophthalmologist is among the 11 new hires of the Worcester State Hospital
A Worcester Ophthalmology professor who specializes in ophthalmic and ophthalographic imaging is among 11 new faculty members announced today by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Jennifer P. Smith, associate professor of ophthalmoscope at Worcester Polytech and a pioneer in the field, is a member of the new faculty who will start working at the Worcester Institute for Ophthalmic Engineering and Technology in the fall of 2019.
The Institute is a collaboration of the University of Massachusetts and Worcester Polytechnology, a joint venture with the University at Buffalo, to build a new state-of-the-art research facility at the university’s main campus.
“I’m very excited to be joining Worcester PolyTech’s faculty,” Smith said.
“Worcester Polytech is a world-class research and development center, and this faculty brings an unmatched expertise to the Institute.
I look forward to contributing to this exciting program, and I’m excited to serve our students.”
Worcestershire Polytechnico’s new director of education, Elizabeth Korn, said Smith was “an incredible teacher who will add a tremendous amount of value to the students and faculty of Worcester Poly.”
The Institute for Research in Optics and Microstructural Imaging is a multi-disciplinary research and educational institution, established in 1999.
It is dedicated to developing and implementing cutting-edge technologies and techniques in the fields of optics and microscopy.
Smith and her husband, Dr. Brian Smith, founded the Institute in 2002, and the Smiths have served as its founding members.
“Jennifer is a remarkable educator, a true professional, and an incredibly generous person who has been a part of the community in many ways over the years,” said Peter Korn of WPI, which will pay for her research.
“She has been an outstanding faculty member and member of our staff, and we are honored to have her as our new associate professor.”
“As a practicing ophthaliologist, Dr Smith has an extraordinary amount of knowledge and experience, both in the biomedical and clinical realms,” said WPI Director of Research, Professor Steven Bresnahan.
“As a faculty member, she brings a wealth of research experience and expertise to our faculty.
She has an impressive record of research and service that has helped shape the institute and its research agenda.
We will look forward with great interest to her continuing research and teaching activities at WPI.”
Smith began her medical career at St. John’s Hospital, a New York City-based hospital system, in 1990.
In 1997, she earned a PhD from the University College of London, a fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and received a medical fellowship from the Mayo Clinic.
In 2010, she received her master’s degree in clinical research from the Yale University School of Medicine and a doctorate in oculogy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In her academic career, Smith has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, many of which have appeared in the Journal of Ophthalmology.
In the 1990s, she joined the Yale Ophthalmosciences Institute and later moved to the University Hospitals Boston Medical Center.
She spent a year at the University Hospital of Rochester, where she completed her doctorate.
Smith has published more than 25 scientific papers, including a special issue on the detection of low-dose ocular oculopathy in the retina.
In addition to her work in ocular imaging, Smith also serves on the medical advisory boards of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and has been appointed as a member on the faculty of the Society for Neuroscience.
She was also a co-author of the first comprehensive review of the role of visual function in olfaction in the human visual system, published in 2010.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a masters degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute and the University Medical School at the Massachusetts Medical School.
Smith earned her medical degree in oculus from the Stanford University School for the Performing Arts.
She completed her residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Johns Hopkins University School at Johns Hopkins.